Head and Neck Fellowship

UNMC Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Advanced Head and Neck Reconstruction Fellowship

Overview:  The University of Nebraska Medical Center is the pre-eminent academic medical center in Nebraska with professional degrees in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, and allied health professions.  The history of the institution dates back to the late 1800s and now consists of 19 clinical departments that are involved in extraordinary patient care, education and research.  The Division of Head and Neck Surgery consists of 5 faculty members that are leaders in head and neck cancer come from diverse backgrounds.  The Division is involved in patient care through three institutions: UNMC, Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Estabrook Cancer Center, and the Omaha VA Medical Center.  The Division's referral area includes not only Nebraska, but also Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and South Dakota.  The Division cares for approximately 1,250 new patients per year and surgically treats approximately 650 patients per year.

Outline:  The fellowship is designed to offer a comprehensive clinical experience in multidisciplinary care of head and neck cancer patients and to develop surgical expertise in ablative and reconstructive procedures.  The fellow works closely with the entire faculty and has an important role in treatment planning.  The fellow will be responsible for the daily activities of the service and supervises residents and medical students to ensure excellent patient care and a quality education experience.  The fellow will have a progressive operative experience commensurate their ability and be prepared for a future career in academic medicine.

Eligibility:  The Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Advanced Head and Neck Reconstruction fellowship is offered to Otolaryngologists, General Surgeons, and Plastic Surgeons that have completed their residency training program and who are eligible or have obtained board certification.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The fellow's experience will consist of a 12-month clinical exposure to the multidisciplinary care of head and neck cancer patients.  The fellow will spend appropriate time in the outpatient clinic as well as the operating room with each faculty developing expertise in head and neck surgical oncology.  The fellow will play a critical role in the pero-operative care of patients, including the multidisciplinary tumor boards, with the goal that the fellow has the opportunity to see a multitude of patients through the entire process.  It is expected that the fellow will  perform approximately 300-350 operations during the fellowship.  Additionally, the fellow will have time dedicated to the collaborating specialties of the multidisciplinary team including radiation oncology, medical oncology, prosthetics, endocrinology, speech and language pathology, and nutrition.  The fellow will participate in a structured didactic curriculum, a reading program, and a variety of educational symposiums.  The fellow will attend a national head and neck oncology conference during the year.  It will be required that the fellow complete one clinical research project during the year.  The fellow will be responsible to the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology service and not be involved in the clinical activities of the other Otolaryngology services.  The fellow will have call responsibilities for the head and neck service, but will not participate in the resident call schedule.

Strengths: The program will allow the fellow to experience a multidisciplinary approach to all areas of head and neck oncology including significant exposure to endocrine surgery, skull base surgery, and microvascular reconstruction.  The fellow will have the opportunity to develop expertise in head and neck ultrasounds as part of the program.  The program also offers the fellow the unique opportunity to provide multidisciplinary care in both an academic medical center as well as a high volume private cancer center.

Send CV to:
Russell Smith, M.D.
Associate Professor, Vice-Chairman of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
981225 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-1225